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Multidiscipline Engineering Basics (and Related Specialties) for Project Managers and Others

Timothy D. Blackburn, MBA, PE

Do you ever wonder what other disciplines do, or are unsure which disciplines are needed for a project? Do you look at drawings of other trades with no or little comprehension? Are you unable to do basic troubleshooting in other disciplines (problems are sure to arise in a project)? Would you like to know the basics as to how to calculate heat gain, or figure out a pump size, or select a beam, size a footing, determine exhaust rates, determine the number of sprinkler heads, size a circuit, select a type and quantity of light fixtures, figure out how much stormwater runoff will occur when you build that new parking lot, etc.? In this course, material is presented that will benefit those interacting with or managing multidisciplines typically employed to design/implement a building project. Practical applications and fundamental understanding of other disciplines could be lacking that weakens the Project Managerís (PM) ability to successfully manage other disciplines or for others to properly interact. As well, the inability to troubleshoot certain problems in projects lessens the PMís effectiveness. This course is an introduction to the myriad of engineering and related disciplines/roles necessary to successfully manage, oversee, or coordinate a complex project. While the focus is generally on buildings, it is useful for other projects as well.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.